Match Preview || Forfar Athletic

Match Preview || Forfar Athletic

It’s all change at Ochilview this week following the departure of Stephen Swift, Michael Moore and Frazer Wright.

Sean Crighton takes the reins while the Club look for a replacement for Swifty in, what will be, the Club’s 26th permanent manager.

Ray McKinnon brings his Forfar side to Ochilview for the final fixture of this calendar year. The Warriors have performed well against The Loons, being undefeated in the last 5 meetings. They also find themselves bottom of League Two, though a victory on Saturday will take them only one point behind their hosts.

Following a busy week at the club, the website was able to catch up with interim manager Sean Crighton and how he’s feeling.

“Obviously gutted for the way that things panned out for the gaffer and Fraz and Mick. For me,  we’ve probably underperformed as players and I’m just going to do what I can to try and get the players back playing and hopefully try and get us back to where I think that we should be.

“We’ve got a good group of players and, as I say, we’ve underperformed, but I’m hoping that me coming in for a couple of weeks, we can try and get a bit of foundation and hopefully get the points that are needed.”

Preparation has obviously been disrupted this week, but how has Sean’s week with the boys been?

“Well, this has been the first night taking the team. Obviously we found out the news yesterday [Wedneday] and it’s been good tonight. There’s a good buzz about the place and I’ve had a chat with the boys with what I’d be looking to do. I’ve also spoken with the Chairman to let him know my thoughts on stuff and their thoughts too. But, as I say, there’s a good buzz about the players and I feel as if I’m going to get the best out of them for a couple of weeks. ”

Onto Saturday’s opponents. We’re undefeated in five and they find themselves bottom of the table. However, with a good victory over Albion Rovers on Saturday, they’re looking to start a run of form.

“I’ll say this in every interview I do, as a player, as caretaker manager, every game is difficult. They’ve just come off a good win against a good Albion Rovers side, so we’ll look to concentrate on us first and foremost, and I think that’s what we need to do. We are expecting a tough game, but I’ve every confidence in the boys to get the win.”

And finally, with the squad looking bare thin following last weekend’s loss in Elgin, is there any positive news?

“We’ve got good news and bad news. I’m out with a torn calf for a few weeks, Danny has an issue in his hip area and will also miss out. But Nicky and Nat both trained tonight [Thursday], so I’ll assess both and see how they feel for Saturday but it’s good to have those two back as well.

“Adam’s [Corbett] had no problem this week, it’s just been a bit of tightness last week that’s caused him an issue. I may have to put people into positions that they don’t usually play. But, at the end of the day, I need to get the best out of the squad as a whole and hopefully get everyone back over the next few weeks.”

MATCHDAY INFORMATION


Kick-off: 3pm

Match Entry: Both home and away fans can enter via pay at the gate [cash] or you can purchase your ticket in advance by using Fanbase. Adult admission costing £14, concessions £9 and under 16’s just £6. Under 16 Season Ticket holders for both clubs can enter for free.

PPV: Warriors TV is live and you can join Cammy McIntyre from 2.45pm. PPV is £10 and you can watch it here.

Getting Here: Click here for details of how to get to Ochilview by car or train.

Season Card Holders: Season Tickets are valid for this match and the ticket number will be shown on the turnstiles.

The Pie Hut: Food and drinks will be available to be purchased from the Pie Hut.

The Wee Bar: The Wee Bar is open from 12pm with all fans welcome.

Ochilview Matchday Guide: You can read our Matchday Guide here and ensure that you have everything that you need for your visit to the ground.

Referee: Iain Sneddon

Assistants: Andy Milne & Euan Birch

Player DJ: Scott Walker

Bakermat – Baby

Bellini – Samba de Janeiro

Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere

Crystal Waters – Gypsy Women

The Beatles – Twist and Shout

We’ve added all of our Player DJ selections to a Spotify Playlist, and you can listen HERE.

 

OPPOSITION INFORMATION


Full name                Forfar Athletic Football Club

Nickname(s)          The Loons, Sky Blues

Founded                  1885; 137 years ago

Ground                     Station Park, Forfar

Capacity                   6,777 (739 seated)

Chairman                Scott Murdie

Manager                  Ray McKinnon

2021–22                   Scottish League Two, 2nd of 10

 

Last 10 Matches 

Date Venue Competition Opponent Result Score
3 Dec Home League Two Albion Rovers W 1-0
26 Nov Away Scottish Cup Dunfermline Athletic L 4-0
19 Nov Away League Two Dumbarton D 2-2
12 Nov Home League Two Bonnyrigg Rose D 1-1
5 Nov Home League Two Annan Athletic L 1-4
29 Oct Away League Two Stranraer L 1-0
22 Oct Away Scottish Cup Kilwinning Rangers W 1-3
15 Oct Away League Two Elgin City W 0-1
8 Oct Home League Two East Fife L 1-3
1 Oct Home League Two Dumbarton D 0-0

 

Top Scorers

Rank Name Goals Assists Played Goals per 90 Mins per Goal Total Shots Goal Conversion Shot Accuracy
1
Matthew Aitken

4

1 20 0.27 337 20 20% 55%
2
Stefan McCluskey

3

2 19 0.17 522 21 14% 57%
2
Ben Armour

3

1 17 0.3 297 11 27% 64%
4
Joshua Jack

2

1 19 0.21 426 12 17% 42%
5
Craig Slater

1

1 18 0.06 1409 26 4% 58%
5
Jaden Ferguson

1

0 7 0.32 280 4 25% 50%
5
Kevin Hanratty

1

0 14 0.15 600 7 14% 71%
5
Kyle Hutton

1

0 18 0.06 1389 4 25% 75%
5
Roberto Nditi

1

0 17 0.06 1485 9 11% 56%
5
Andrew Munro

1

0 18 0.06 1620 13 8% 38%

The statistics shown for each player include any goals they may have scored in the following competitions in the current season: Scottish League Cup, Scottish League Two

 

FIXTURE INFORMATION


Last 10 Meetings

Date Venue Competition Result Score
27 Aug 22 Away League Two W 1-2
30 Apr 22 Away League Two D 0-0
26 Feb 22 Home League Two W 2-0
26 Dec 21 Away League Two W 3-4
2 Oct 21 Home League Two D 1-1
20 Apr 19 Home League One L 0-3
23 Feb 19 Away League One L 2-1
20 Oct 18 Home League One L 1-2
25 Aug 18 Away League One L 2-0
26 Mar 16 Home League One W 2-1
23 Jan 16 Away League One W 0-1

 

ON THIS DAY – 10 December 


Year Opponent Competition Venue Result Score
2016 Airdrieonians League One Away W 0-5
2011 Airdrieonians Division Two Home D 1-1
2005 Partick Thistle Scottish Cup R2 Home L 1-4
1996 Hamilton Academical Division Two Away W 0-2
1988 Arbroath Division Two Home D 0-0
1983 East Stirlingshire Scottish Cup R1 Away L 1-0
1977 East Stirlingshire Division Two Home W 1-0
1966 Third Lanark Division Two Away L 3-1
1960 Queens Park Division Two Away L 4-2
1955 Queens Park Division Two Away L 2-0
1949 Cowdenbeath Division Two Home L 0-1
1938 Dunfermline Athletic Division Two Away L 7-1
1932 Forfar Athletic Division Two Away W 1-2
1927 Third Lanark Division Two Home W 1-0
1921 East Stirlingshire Division Two Away D 0-0

 

LEAGUE INFORMATION


East Fife vs Bonnyrigg Rose

Stenhousemuir vs Forfar Athletic

2022/23 League Table

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
119124332181440
218113439211836
3208573533229
4217683434027
5217593034-426
6217593139-826
7207492227-525
8206683338-524
9206592626023
101955102335-1220

Next 5 Matches

3:00 pm
SPFL Cinch League 2
Station Park

Forfar Athletic vs Stenhousemuir

3:00 pm
SPFL Cinch League 2
Ochilview Park

Stenhousemuir vs Albion Rovers

3:00 pm
SPFL Cinch League 2
New Dundas Park

Bonnyrigg Rose vs Stenhousemuir

2:30 pm
SWF League One
Ochilview Park

Stenhousemuir Women FC vs BSC Glasgow

7:45 pm
SPFL Cinch League 2
Dumbarton Stadium

Dumbarton vs Stenhousemuir

cinch League Two

PosClubPWDLPts
119124340
218113436
32085729
42176827
52175926
62175926
72074925
82066824
92065923
1019551020

SWF League One

PosClubPWDLPts
116102432
211101231
31291228
41282226
51381425
61370621
71241713
81132611
91131710
101324710
11122197
121302102

Last 5 Results

Next Men’s Match

Forfar Athletic vs Stenhousemuir (On time)

February 11, 2023
Station Park
SPFL Cinch League 2

Next Women’s Match

Stenhousemuir Women FC vs BSC Glasgow (On time)

February 26, 2023
Ochilview Park
SWF League One